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Summary

Results-driven, proactive and efficient educator with 20+ years experience providing support, leadership and learning.

Core Qualifications
  • Self-starter
  • Deadline-oriented
  • Urban public schools background
  • People oriented
  • Instructional best practices
  • T-TESS Certified Appraiser
  • Schedule management
  • Employee training and development
Achievements
  • As the ELA PLC advisor : helped GPFAA teachers and students maintain exemplary ELA STAAR/EOC scores since its inception.
  • Presenter: "Choice Matters: Differentiation in the PAP and AP Classroom, June 27, 2017, GPISD  
  • Presenter College Board Southwestern Forum, Houston, February 2017, "Making AP Accessible to Underrepresented Students"
  • Presenter Texas Council Teachers of English, January 2017, "Making AP Accessible to Underrepresented Students".
  • As an instructional leader helped students who had never or who were having trouble passing state assessments, pass and reach level 2 recognition.
  • Served as a member of the GPISD ELA curriculum writing team ( 2007-2009).
  • Led ELA department at South Grand Prairie High School of 18 teachers to increase our overall TAKS standardized test scores in ELA maintaining  above 90% in all sub-populations ( 2007-2012).
  • Facilitated district and campus professional development in the following areas: English Language Arts and Advanced Academics.
  • District Skyward Grade book trainer.
  • Represented Region 10 at state ELA TAKS item analysis discussions ( 2007-2009).
  • Published curriculum with Central Texas Tech Prep Consortium ( 1997).
  • Served as member of Grand Prairie ISD AP Vertical Alignment Team(2008-2012).
Professional Experience
Assistant Principal/ State Testing Coordinator 08/2017 to Current Young Women's Leadership Academy at Arnold Grand Prairie, TX
  • Coordinate and schedule state and district testing
  • Assist in managing, coordinating, and setting high expectations for personnel, students, parents, and building care in order to create a highly functioning organization, smoothly operating campus and ensure that each student is provided opportunity for reaching every potential in gaining a quality education. 
  • Focus on results and make data driven decisions that promote the need for change for student success within the organization.
  • Collaborate with Principal to work with staff to plan, implement, and evaluate instruction on a systematic basis in a way that aligns with district framework.
  •  Promote appropriate technologies to enhance and support instruction and curriculum leading to high levels of student achievement.
  •  Systematically monitor instruction and collaborate with principal for corrective action, improvement, and recognition of success.
  • Support professional learning communities that facilitate collaboration among teachers and promotes exceptional instructional effectiveness.
  •  Promote positive relationships on the campus through effective listening, communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Support the vision, mission and goals for the campus that focuses on student achievement, purposeful and engaging learning, and a safe, caring environment. 
  • Promote high expectations for students and staff.
  • Support and articulate district and campus beliefs and vision.
  •  Share in the responsibility for the discipline, safety and welfare of students.
  •  Support the implementation of a school improvement plan that targets the needs of the campus.
  •  Implement and support the campus' system of assessing student performance, customer satisfaction, and community perceptions.
  •  Assist the principal and the staff in implementation of school-wide goals and objectives.
  •  Monitor timelines for completion of school objectives.
  •  Support professional development needs to ensure that the organization maintains direction and focus for all staff.
  • Make appropriate recommendations relative to personnel hiring and placement, transfer, retention, and dismissal.
  •  Complete teacher appraisals and support staff evaluations.
  •  Adhere to local, state and federal rules, regulations, practices and policies
AP Language and AP Literature teacher 08/2013 to 06/2015 Grand Prairie ISD, Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Grand Prairie, TX
  • Used a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, discussions and demonstrations.
  • Enforced both classroom and administration policies and rules at all times.
  • Established positive relationships with students, parents, colleagues and administrators.
  • Encouraged discussion of class material to promote critical thinking.
  • Implemented remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
  • Participated in regular training courses to keep up-to-date with new teaching methods and developments in the field.
  • Kept accurate records of student performance, maintaining the confidentiality of student records and information at all times.
  • Prepared students for success on AP ELA tests.


TAP Master Teacher, Grand Prairie High School 08/2012 to 06/2013 Grand Prairie ISD Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Implemented the policies and procedures of  TAP, The System for Teacher and Student Advancement (NIET, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching).
  • Developed, coordinated and supervised instructional programs including design and delivery processes and the development of instructional strategies.
  • Analyzed student data ; developed school academic goal; monitored goal setting.
  • Planned and facilitated cluster professional development meetings on a weekly basis following the STEPS for Effective Learning Model.
  • Conducted weekly classroom follow-up and goal attainment for cluster members.
  • Conducted teacher evaluations and conferencing for both formal and informal observations.
  • Developed the long-range plan, cluster meeting record and activities in accordance with TAP implementation.
ELA Department Chair, South Grand Prairie High School 08/2007 to 07/2012 Grand Prairie ISD Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Maintained TAKS exemplary department for five consecutive years.
  • Coordinated lesson design and planning in common planning sessions.
  • Mentored new teachers.
  • Disseminated and gathered content specific materials.
  • Facilitated monthly department meetings.
  • Compiled and distributed budget orders Inventory equipment.
  • Used data system D2SC: created common assessments, scanned common assessments, disseminated and analyzed data with grade level leaders and teachers.
  • Set team goals
  • Served on campus Academic Leadership Team.
  • Mediated departmental disputes.
AP Language Teacher, South Grand Prairie High School 08/2006 to 06/2012 Grand Prairie ISD Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Used a variety of teaching methods such as whole, small and individual grouping.
  • Taught advanced instructional strategies.
  • Implemented remedial program for students requiring extra help.
  • Participated in regular training courses to keep up-to-date with new teaching methods and developments in the field.
  • Incorporated engaging yet rigorous texts to enhance literacy skills and foster an engaging learning environment.
  • Assessed student progress weekly, monthly and quarterly.
  • Integrated technology into the curriculum to develop students' word processing and research skills.
  • Planned and conducted hands-on activities to provide students with opportunities to observe, question and investigate.
  • Maintained AP scores above the state average.
English Teacher ( campuses: Kennedy Middle School, Grand Prairie High School) 01/1998 to 07/2006 Grand Prairie ISD Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Prepared students for the TAKS test.
  • Developed and implemented lesson plans that fulfilled the requirements of district's curriculum program.
  • Planned and used appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflected an understanding of the learning styles and needs of students assigned.
  • Created classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students.
  • Met with parents and guardians to discuss students' progress.
  • Enforced both classroom and administration policies and rules at all times.
English teacher 08/1995 to 05/1997 Bartlett ISD Bartlett, TX
  • Helped students develop and improve study methods and habits.
  • Planned and conducted hands-on activities to provide students with opportunities to observe, question and investigate.
  • Used a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, discussions and demonstrations.
  • Coached students and reviewed test material in preparation for TAAS state-wide standardized tests.
Education and Training
Principal Certification 2010 Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, Texas
  • 4.0 GPA
Master of Education: Curriculum and Instruction 2003 University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, Texas
  • Minor in Reading
Bachelor of Arts: English 1994 University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, Texas
  • Minor in History
Bachelor of Arts: English 1994 University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, Texas
  • Minor in History
Certifications
  • Principal Certification
  • Texas Teacher Certification
Affiliations
  • Classroom Teachers Association
  • College Board
  • Texas Council of Teachers of English
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Professional Summary
Dedicated Teacher with a strong work ethic and a commitment to excellence in teaching. Skillfully manages lectures and promotes open classroom discussions.
Skills
  • Course planning
  • Charismatic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Culturally-sensitive
  • Managing classroom for diverse populations
  • Experience with special-needs students
  • Teaching/tutoring
Work History
September 1985-January 1993 High School Teacher | Delta State Teaching Service Board | Agbor, Delta State
  • Worked with administrators on behavioral issues to support the needs of all students.
  • Completed in-service and additional training to maintain professional growth.
  • Prepared and implemented lesson plans covering required course topics.
  • Administered assessments and standardized tests to evaluate student progress.
January 1993-November 2015 College Professor | Marymount College | Agbor, Delta State
  • Wrote course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments and handouts.
  • Wrote, administered and graded midterm and final examinations.
  • Coached students on public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Pointed students to relevant information about academic and personal support services available at the college.
  • Convened and led a multi-discipline committee to address sustainability in college operations.
Education
1985 National Certificate in Education (NCE): Religion/Social Studies College of Education, Agbor, Nigeria
1998 Bachelor of Education: Religious Studies Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
2002 Master of Education: Educational Administration Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
2013 Ph.D.: Educational Administration Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
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Education
LLM, Master of Laws (2018 - Current) University of Toronto , Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Honors and Awards: Faculty of Law Fellowship.
  • Relevant Courses: Administrative Law; Business Organizations; Canadian Legal Methods and Writing; Canadian Migration Law; Economic Analysis of Law; Health Law; International Human Rights Program - Clinical Course; Law, Institutions and Development; and  LL.M Seminar.
  • International Human Rights Program: Currently leading the LBGTQ Rights Projects, including challenging anti-sodomy laws in the Caribbean. 
Law School (2012 - 2017) Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Quito, Ecuador
  • GPA: 3.98 / 4.00 
  • Honors and Awards: Degree in Law with Suma Cum Laude Honors; Distinction for obtaining a Minor Degree in Literature while studying Law. 
EXCHANGE SEMESTER (2017) Pázmany Peter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Honors and Awards: Full scholarship granted for academics by the Erasmus + Student Mobility Programme. 
  • Relevant Courses: Comparative Property Law: Principles of Property Law in Europe; Democratic Society and the Rule of Law in Fear of Terror; EU Environmental Law; International Communication; Law and Literature; and Misleading Advertising. 
Experience
Lexvalor S.A. Quito, Ecuador Corporate and Securities Law Associate 01/2018 to 07/2018
  • Provided legal advice to companies in a wide variety of transactions, including contracts; financing operations; and general corporate issues. 
  • Generated "due diligence" documents for our firm's biggest clients.
  • Reviewed and provided comments on the adequacy of documents and took necessary steps to cure any deficiencies.
  • Led meetings with clients; counterparts; experts; and authorities.
Fundacion Colegio Americano de Quito Quito, Ecuador United Nations High School Teacher 09/2017 to 01/2018
  • Taught the United Nations class for High School students (i.e. grades 9 - 12) and tutored the class for University students.
  • Created all daily lesson plans and was responsible for grading student tests, exams, and papers. 
  • Prepared the students for national and international Model United Nations  (i.e. The Hague International Model United Nations Conference; World Model United Nations New York). 
Legal Clinic: Universidad San Francisco de Quito Quito, Ecuador Legal Intern 01/2016 to 12/2017
  • Assisted in administrative procedural cases before the Ecuadorian courts in matters concerning family law. 
  • Provided legal assistance in judicial proceedings in a variety of family law matters pending before the Ecuadorian courts. 
  • Lead meetings with clients and public authorities.
Volunteer Work

TENANT DUTY COUNCIL                                                                  01/2019 - Current

  • In charge of offering the legal aid service to new users of the system and assisting the lawyers in the preparation of new interviews. 

KAMINKER & ASSOCIATES IMMIGRATION LAW                     01/2019 - Current

  • In charge of legal research for leading cases. 


Extracurricular

ATHLETICS 

  • Sponsored marathon runner (2014 - 2018)
  • Nike running coach (2014 - 2017)

PUBLICATIONS 

  • Writer and editor of the Art Magazine "Líneas de Expression" (2015 - 2018) 
  • Writer for law review articles. A few examples listed below:
  • http://www.usfq.edu.ec/publicaciones/lawreview/Paginas/revistas/revista005.aspx.
  • http://revistas.usfq.edu.ec/index.php/iurisdictio/.
  • http://www.usfq.edu.ec/publicaciones/lineasdeexpresion/Documents/ultimo.pdf

UNIVERSITY

  • Teacher's Assistant (TA) for six (6) different subjects (2015 - 2017), including Roman Law History; Contracts; Theory of Civil Law Obligations; English for Political Scientists; Introduction of Model United Nations; and Russia's Foreign Policy. 
  • Member of the University's team for the VIII International Arbitration Competition in Santiago de Chile, Chile.
  • Member of the University's team for the World Model United Nations New York 2014.
  • Tutor of the team that represented the University in the World Model United Nations New York 2015. 
Language Skills

Spanish, (native proficiency), English (fluent, professional proficiency), Learning Italian. 

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Skill Highlights
  • 19 years special education experience across school, state agency, non-profit and clinical settings
  • 13 years of experience conducting comprehensive assessments and evaluations of students ages 6-18, including administration and interpretation of a wide variety of assessment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • 10 years of experience with Due Process oversight including establishing processes, staff development and ensuring compliance with state and federal laws 
  • Leadership of various committees including Special Education Advisory Council, Special Education Compliance and Monitoring, Assessment and Professional Development
Professional Experience
Groves Academy St. Louis Park, MN Middle School Interventionist/Tutor 10/2017 to Current 2018-19 School Year: Middle School Interventionist working with students in Reading and Math, while also providing support across the curriculum. 2017-18 School Year: Substitute teacher in all subject areas and in all three divisions: lower, middle and upper school. 1:1 tutor working with middle and high school non-Groves Academy students on study skills, organization, test preparation, executive functioning skills and across the curriculum.
Hiawatha Leadership Academies - Morris Park Minneapolis, MN Special Education Coordinator 08/2016 to 06/2017 Overall coordination, supervision, and oversight of student support programming and staff; direct supervision of fulltime staff and contracted providers, including School Psychologist, S/L, PT, OT and DHH; responsible for compliance with all applicable state and federal special education laws; collaboration with school administration, ELD, Health Office and School Social Worker; Child Study Team and RtI oversight; and assessment/direct service with students K-4 receiving special services.
LDA Minnesota (MN Affiliate of National Learning Disabilities Association) Golden Valley, MN Education Services Manager 10/2014 to 06/2016 Oversight of three of LDA's programs: (1) Learning Connections which uses evidence-based curriculum and ongoing progress monitoring to provide intensive, small group instruction to students in urban schools in an effort to close the achievement/opportunity gap; (2) Tutoring/Executive Function Skill Building Programming; and (3) Early Literacy Training through the National Raise a Reader program.
Nova Classical Academy St. Paul, MN Principal 06/2012 to 06/2014

Educational leader responsible for Special Education & Section 504 compliance; faculty/staff supervision and curricular support; student and family relations; data-driven decision making, fiscal responsibility, professional development and student discipline.

A New Leaf Educational Solutions Edina, MN Owner/Diagnostician/Consultant 07/2010 to 04/2012 Independent educational diagnostician/consultant and contract provider at Rosenberg Center, Roseville; in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team conducted comprehensive assessment and evaluation of students ages 6-18; administration and interpretation of such assessments as WJ, WIAT, WRAT, KTEA, GORT, TOWL, Key Math and others
Minneapolis Pubic Schools Minneapolis, MN Special Education District Program Facilitator 07/2004 to 06/2011

Administrative oversight of a special education program serving students in grades 9-12 and with a variety of special learning needs (EBD, LD, ASD, ADHD, and DD); staffing; curriculum review and development; assessment coordination and student discipline.

Minneapolis Public Schools Minneapolis, MN Program, Behavior & Curriculum Coordinator 08/2003 to 07/2004

Administrator providing behavior and academic support to teachers in a Federal Setting 4 EBD program for students in Grades 9-12; state and district test coordinator; student discipline; Due Process.

Minnesota Department of Corrections St. Paul, MN Director of Education 03/2001 to 08/2003

Director of educational programming for inmates as two adult correctional facilities, including GED, ABE and contracted higher educational programs served through MNSCU; contract maintenance and development with various bargaining groups; management of a $500K budget.

Park Nicollet Clinics - Alexander Center Eden Prairie, MN Educational Diagnostician/Consultant 02/2000 to 02/2001

Educational diagnostician/consultant on a multi-disciplinary team conducting comprehensive assessment and evaluation of students ages 6-18, including administration/interpretation of WJ, WIAT, WRAT, KTEA, TOWL, GORT, and Key Math among others; presenter/speaker/trainer on various topics in education and to a variety of organizations.

Independent School District 196 Rosemount, MN Administrative High School Specialist 07/1999 to 11/1999

Administrative team member representing Grades 9-12 in a Level 5 EBD program; curriculum development; state and district assessment coordinator; Due Process; student discipline.

Independent School District 196 Rosemount, MN Special Education Teacher 07/1994 to 07/1999

Reading and Health teacher for students in Grades 9-12 in a Level 5 EBD program; complete responsibility for the ordering, development and maintenance of the K-12 library.

Education
Master of Education: Special Education 1996 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education 1989 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
ADDITIONAL EDUCATION

DOCTOR OF EDUCATION: Educational Leadership

  • Saint Mary's University, Minneapolis 1; ABD
Licensure

State of Minnesota - File Folder 321428 - Expires June 30, 2024

  • Principal K-12 (Expires June 30, 2019)
  • Emotional Behavior Disorders K-12
  • Learning Disabilities K-12
  • Elementary Education 1-6
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Summary
  • High-energy Instructional Leader successful in building and motivating dynamic teams. Cultivates a school culture in which faculty and staff members have a voice. Leverages in-depth knowledge of educational trends and shifts to offer valuable insights on opportunities for success in a professional learning community.
Highlights
  • Safety understanding
  • Operations management
  • Staff development
  • Sound judgment
  • Computer-savvy
  • Complex problem solving
  • Cross-functional team management
  • Instructional best practices
  • Learning style assessment
  • Multitasking and prioritization
  • Relationship building
  • Program management
  • Instructional plan implementation
  • Crisis intervention
  • Scheduling
  • Data-driven instruction
Experience
Huntsville City Schools Huntsville, AL Principal (Summer School) 06/2019 to Current
  • Outlined, implemented and maintained personnel-related policies and procedures, including oversight and approval of modifications by education professionals
  • Visited classrooms to evaluate teacher instructional techniques and student responses
  • Managed group of 7 staff members and teachers for summer school
  • Conveyed policy changes and listened to employee input while leading staff meetings
  • Resolved situations, positively affected behavior and motivated enhanced academic performance by cultivating strong student and parent relationships
  • Coordinated with school personnel, parents and students regarding behavior problems to determine effective solutions and disciplinary actions
  • Created thought-provoking, stimulating learning environment for students and positive, education-driven setting for instructors by going over data
  • Evaluated student behavior issues by reviewing established discipline standards to enforce policies
  • Informed students and parents of policies and procedures regarding student behavior and disciplinary actions
  • Instructed teachers on classroom management, behavior and instructional strategies
  • Developed positive relationships with school students, teachers and local community
Huntsville City Schools Huntsville, AL 7th Grade Social Science Educator 08/2018 to Current
  • Identified and documented learning achievements by reporting outcomes, performance information and program adjustments used to boost comprehension
  • Performed student background reviews to ascertain learning deficiencies and strengths to develop tailored lessons based on student needs
  • Strengthened parent-teacher and parent-child communication by holding regular parent-teacher conferences
  • Created and enforced child-based hands-on curriculum to promote student interest and receptive learning
  • Collaborated with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning and student engagement
  • Taught students to exercise problem solving methodology and techniques during tests
  • Established positive relationships with students, parents, fellow teachers and school administrators
  • Implemented remedial programs for students requiring extra assistance
  • Created lesson plans in accordance with state curriculum and school-wide curriculum standards
  • Mentored and counseled students with adjustment and academic problems
  • Developed interesting course plans with multimedia learning tools to meet academic, intellectual and social needs of students
Madison County Schools Huntsville, Al. Assistant Principal 08/2017 to 05/2018

Responsibilities /Duties:

To oversee and accountable for assigned responsibilities within the school,which may include but not be limited to student discipline, scheduling, personnelmanagement, supervision, instructional and/or extracurricular activities, handlinglogistical matters, safety/crisis management, and/or professional developmentactivities3. Modeled and maintained high ethical standards4. Worked closely with the Principal and peers to ensure the smooth overalloperation of the school5. Assisted in establishing and maintaining a positive tone and climate conducive tolearning6. Performed daily administrative tasks which may include processing paperwork,data entry, and preparing and maintaining files, records, and reports7. Encouraged and monitored the integration of technology in the classroom8. Maintained high visibility within all areas of the facility9. Participated in meetings and other activities appropriate for professionaldevelopment and effective school operations10.Assisted the Principal in providing leadership in the school improvement processand the implementation of continuous improvement plans, the accreditationprogram, accountability reports, and other areas as requested11.Maintained standards of student discipline in accordance with the Student Code ofConduct12.Attended school sponsored activities, functions, and athletic events13.Models and encourages effective interpersonal and communication skills for allstakeholders14.Demonstrated initiative in identifying potential problems or opportunities forimprovement; keeps Principal informed of potential problems or unusual events15.Responded to inquiries and requests in a timely and positive manner16.Made recommendations to the Principal for the purposes of improving thequality of the school and school system17.Maintained confidentiality regarding school/workplace matters in accordance withstate and federal law18.Adheres to local Board policies, administrative procedures, and other likedirectives, as well as state, federal, and local laws.

Huntsville City Schools Huntsville, AL High School Social Studies Teacher 08/2015 to 08/2017
  • Used variety of teaching techniques to encourage student critical thinking and discussion in 10th and 11th grade World History course
  • Routinely met with students' parents regarding in-class issues and learning interruptions to discuss solutions
  • Performed student background reviews to develop tailored lessons based on student needs
Huntsville City Schools Huntsville, AL T.O.S.A. Teacher on Special Assignment/ Assistant Principal 08/2012 to 05/2015
  • Trained by principals and district an as instructional leader to assist building principal with every day management responsibilities.
  • Established and enforced rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
  • Implemented student discipline measures, decreasing classroom disruptions.
  • Combined discipline plan with effective measures and various lesson plans to increase concentration, participation, and progress student accountability.
  • Developed Behavior Intervention Plans to meet academic, intellectual and social needs of students.
  • Developed and implemented data-based solutions in a timely manner.
  • Led professional development programs for teachers and staff.
  • Enforced a culture of learning and continuous school improvement while providing leadership.
  • Trained, developed and counseled employees to develop a high performing team.
  • Coached employees in developing and achieving individual performance goals.
  • Developed and maintained strong and clear communication and rapport with school personnel.
Huntsville City Schools Huntsville, AL Teacher 7th Grade Social Studies/ Department Chairperson/ School Leadership Team 01/2001 to 05/2012
  • Developed interesting course plans to meet academic, intellectual and social needs of students
  • Challenged and motivated students through in-depth lectures and discussions
  • Communicated effectively with teachers within the social studies department
  • Initiated thought-provoking classroom discussions to help students develop their critical thinking abilities
  • Chaired the Faculty Development Committee and led monthly faculty forums
  • Served as faculty sponsor for Gents student club
Education
Master of Science: Educational Leadership and Supervision 2015 Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Normal, AL, Madison
Bachelor of Science: Secondary Education Social Sciences 2000 Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Normal, AL, Madison
Technical Skills
Skills Experience Total Years Last Used
Windows, Active Board, Elmo None 18 When needed
Professional Development

I have been provided extensive professional development by the district to build my capacity as a classroom teacher and an Instructional leader.

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Summary

I am a special education teacher that is versed in working with all learning styles. I regularly attend professional development seminars, faculty meetings and parent-teacher conferences to remain connected to the needs of children and their parents. I practice to be a well-rounded and compassionate Special Ed Teacher adept at incorporating each student's unique needs and creating effective lesson plans to accommodate them.

Highlights
  • Assisted in writing new state department standards for the Alabama Alternative Assessment.
  • Experience in curriculum mapping and writing pacing guides for math.
  • Experience with SETS Web, INOW, Microsoft Word, Edmodo, Online Textbook, Renaissance Testing Assessment, Google Classroom, USA Test Prep, Infinite Campus
  • Homebound student experience for students with terminal illness.
Accomplishments

Raised funds and founded the Emma Sansom Outdoor Classroom.

Teacher of the Year 2014-2015.

Worked with over 100 special education students, grades 6 through 8, for 12 years.

Assisted in writing State Standards for the Alabama Alternative Assessment.

Public Relations/Social Media specialist for Emma Sansom Middle School.

Involved with the farm to table program with Rainbow Catering and Garden.

Emma Sansom Middle School Special Education Department Head

Experience
Special Education Teacher Jul 2017 to Current
Effingham County Middle School Guyton, Ga

Positively led a 6th grade resource math class.

Effectively collaborated with Co-teacher along with student teacher in a 6th grade inclusion class.

Successfully transitioned 6th graders along with parents, into the middle school mindset.

Collaboratively utilize the tools of Google Classroom with math department.  

Instructed 7th grade resource math.

Collaborated for 7th grade inclusion science and social studies.  

Special Education Resource Math Jan 2016 to Jun 2017
Gadsden City High School Gadsden, AL

Resource Algebra Essentials and Geometry Essentials coursework for students 9th-12th grade, providing classroom activities based on the differentiated learning needs of my students. 

Establish and communicate clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects to both students and parents.

Create and monitor IEP's for 24 students on my caseload.

Provide updated progress reports on IEP goals to parents every 4 weeks.

Enhanced lessons using Smart Board technology and computers.

Special Education Department Head Aug 2011 to Feb 2016
Emma Sansom Middle School Gadsden, Al

Developed individual educational plans (IEP) designed to promote educational, physical and social development.

Established and communicated clear objectives for all lessons, units and projects to both students and parents.

Enhanced lessons using Smart Board technology and computers.


Successfully transitioned sixth graders into the middle school setting and eighth graders into the high school setting.

Led a resource class and co-taught in the inclusion setting.

Conducted small group and individual classroom activities with students based on differentiated learning needs.

Education
Master of Arts, Writing Curriculum & Instruction 2010 Central Michigan University Ann Arbor, Michigan

Graduated 2010

Bachelor of Science, Special Education 2007 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA, United States

Graduated 2007

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Summary

Passionate Math Teacher with expertise in math curriculum development, classroom management and relationship building. Ability to plan lessons and deliver them efficiently to students.

Highlights
  • Deep knowledge of Middle School Level Math(Grades 5-8),including Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1
  • Familiar with different teaching styles of math: California State Standards, Common Core, Singapore Math, Accelerated Math
  • Ability to make use of different teaching methods, differentiated lessons: Websites, Projects, Games, Art, Videos and Literature
  • Integrate real-world applications to math topics: Stock Market, Budget Planning, Cost Analysis, Cooking and Baking
  • Led student trips to Sacramento, San Francisco
  • Developed Pi Day Activities and Lessons
  • Taught various elective classes: Cooking, basic sewing, crafts
  • Taken courses on First Aid/CPR, ALICE Training
Professional Experience
Middle School (5-8) Math and Social Studies Teacher 08/2016 to 08/2017 The Phoenix Ranch School Simi Valley, CA Prepared and taught daily lessons in grade level math and social studies.
Elementary Teacher- Middle School Math Teacher 08/1999 to 06/2016 Pinecrest School Simi Valley, CA

1 Kindergarten-First Grade Teacher

2006-2016 Middle School Math Teacher- Grades 5-8: Grade level math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1

Elementary School Teacher Assistant 02/1999 to 06/1999 Los Angeles Unified School District Reseda, CA

Assisted classroom teacher with grading, taught small group lessons.

Counselor 07/1998 to 02/1999 Los Angeles Parks and Recreation North Hollywood, CA

Worked with physically and developmentally handicapped children and senior citizens.

Education
Teacher Credential Program California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA Courses in foundations and theories of teaching.
Teacher Credential Program California State University Northridge Northridge, CA
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology 1998 University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA Courses in child development and cognitive psychology
Associate of Arts: General Education 1996 Moorpark College Moorpark, CA